Richard R. Gerlach, 76, Gerlach Construction owner, farmer, rancher, cherished time with family

By on May 11, 2016

Richard R. Gerlach, 76, of Manheim passed away at home surrounded by his family Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Born in West Lampeter Township, he was the son of the late Martin M. and Mae Risser Gerlach. He was the loving husband of Betty M. Lehman Gerlach and they would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in June.

A self-employed contractor, Richard owned and operated Gerlach Construction. He also worked as a farmer and rancher on the family farm for 27 years. Richard was a member of Life Center Ministries, Harrisburg. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons: James, husband of Brenda Archer Gerlach; Nelson, husband of Kim Holsinger Gerlach; a daughter: Carolyn, wife of Steve Martin; 11 grandchildren: Cody, Bryce, and Emily Gerlach, of Texas; Tiffany Bruce of Oklahoma; Grace Gerlach of Pennsylvania; Kaitlyn Phillips and Kieley Gerlach of Missouri; Cassandra, Savana, Chanel, and Jenna Martin of Pennsylvania; five great-grandchildren; and eight siblings: Elvin, husband of Shirl Gerlach; Betty, wife of Wayne Royer; Rosene, wife of James Garman; Martha, wife of Dave Charles; Eileen, wife of Nevin Hoover; Darlene, wife of Robert Noll; Dave, husband of Melody Gerlach; and Carl, husband of Sandy Gerlach.

Services were held May 10 at Newport Church, Elm. Interment was in Hernley Mennonite Cemetery, Rapho Township.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Richard’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To send the family on-line condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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